This week, community members of the Wall Township School District received back-to-back announcements that both the district's high school and middle school principals were on administrative leave.
The news comes months after a series of staff suspensions triggered by a. It's unclear whether these week's staffing changes are related to that topic.
Superintendent Tracy Handerhan told them on Tuesday that Principal Rose Sirchio had been placed on leave. The reason for the move was unclear.
"This email serves as a reference to Wall High School's administration," he said in a letter. "Please be advised that Mr. Kevin Davis will serve as the acting principal of Wall High School while Sirchio is on leave. If you have any questions about your child and this transition, please contact your child's counselor.
According to a timestamp, an email, sent shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, did not specify how much Sirchio's leave would be.
On Wednesday, Community members reported that Erin Embon, the school's principal, was taken on vacation. Tiffany Steiner will serve as interim principal, and the superintendent immediately informed parents.
Thursday morning, attempts to contact Sirchio and Embon via the public telephone number listed for them were unsuccessful.
Ralph Addonizio, the president of the Wall Township Board of Education, said on NJ Advance Media that he could not comment on the administrative shake-up because "it's a personnel matter. We don't comment on those matters."
Both of the Wall Township School District long-time employees, had no timetable for the administrative leave.
The changes to staffing have come following a massive rise in Wall Township last fall when players on the football team were leveled. Three teachers who coached the football program and the athletic director have been suspended as a result of the district's investigation and were criminally charged by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Last month, NJ Advance Media reported that at least five of the students that dropped the most serious charges of sexual contact and ultimately could clear their names entirely.
This is a complex story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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